The Bentley Library is bringing you a new search experience this June! We have been working behind the scenes on a major transition from our current Integrated Library System (ILS) to a new cloud-based ILS, Alma and Primo VE, provided by ExLibris.
While Alma is the backbone of library operations, Primo VE is a cloud-based discovery service that’s designed to offer searching across the library’s catalog, subscription databases, and other digital collections through one interface.
Primo VE works seamlessly with Alma to offer you:
This new new library search will be available for you to use starting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
Library Search is the Bentley Library's discovery service. You can use it to search almost everything the library has, including books and e-books, articles, and streaming media.
Start by signing-in for full access to search results, create favorites lists, make requests, and access your library account.
The default Basic Search retrieves results that contain all of your search terms. These may match keywords in titles, author names, subjects, table of contents, and other descriptions. Switch to Advanced Search if you want to search in specific fields (e.g. title, author, subject) or to limit results by material type and publication date.
For best results, always remember to sign in to your library account before searching!
Boolean searching refers to searching using a combination of words and the three Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT. To use Boolean operators within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, the operators are removed and the search changes to a simple search that includes each word that appears in the phrase.
For example: "gen z" AND “social media” AND marketing
For example: adolescents OR teenagers
For example: cloud NOT computer
Use parentheses ( ) to group search terms and to clarify the order of multiple Boolean operators.
For example: (teen* OR adolescents) AND (smoking OR vaping)
To search for two or more words in the exact order in which they are entered, enclose the phrase in quotation marks (" ").
For example: "first generation college student"
For example: advertis* will search for advertise, advertisement, advertising, advertises
For example: wom?n will search for woman, women
Library Search prioritizes items owned by Bentley Library and resources that are available to Bentley users in full-text, but it indexes much more content that is not immediately available. Selecting the Expand My Results box after you perform search will broaden your search to items beyond the library's collection which may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.
Your library account can be accessed by signing into Primo. Sign in to your account with SSO authentication or use your full Bentley email address and network password.
By signing into your account, you can:
Requests for items via Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand should continue to be placed using your account on our ILL platform, Tipasa: